Watches: Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica PAM577

By Thierry Ané on June 2, 2015

Since they have started using a matt black ceramic synthesised from Zirconium Oxide for the case of their Radiomir or Luminor models, Officine Panerai has used this hard, light and highly resistant material to re-interpret some of their most iconic models. This month it is the turn of the Radiomir 1940 3 Days to undergo the stealthy makeover!

Despite the remarkably contemporary appearance provided by this material, the new Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica also pays tribute to the Panerai watches made for the commandos of the Royal Italian Navy with beautiful design touches that are bound to arouse the interest of all hardcore “Paneristi”.

This imposing 48 mm tonneau-shaped timepiece with the characteristic “Radiomir” case boasts a minimalist dial design with refined touches consistent with the brand’s history. Indeed, the matt black dial presents the iconic sandwich structure as well as the simple dot and bar hour markers that have made the success of models like the Radiomir S.L.C. unveiled in 2012. To enhance the vintage reference it is combined with a stunning Ecru Super-LumiNova making this watch perfectly legible in all conditions.

The only purely decorative element of this dial is the famous “Siluro a Lenta Corsa”, the human torpedo used as a secret naval weapon in World War II by the commandos of the Italian Navy. Coloured in black, this appliqué remains extremely discreet on the dial of this military-inspired model: it is just noticeable enough to set the brand’s fans on fire!

Made of thick brown untreated leather with stitches in the same Ecru colour as the luminescent material of the dial, the strap of this Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica provides the perfect retro finishing touch. It is secured by a large trapezoidal pin buckle crafted in titanium for its non-allergenic properties and covered with a black DLC coating to complement the stealthy look of the case.

Through the polished sapphire window of the case back, one can admire the wide brush-finished bridges of the P.3000 calibre and its large 13.2 mm balance wheel. This manually-wound movement has been entirely designed, developed and manufactured in the brand’s Neuchâtel workshops. Its two spring barrels provide a generous power reserve of 3 days and this time-only movement is also equipped with a device to rapidly adjust the time: one can move the hours hand one hour forward or backward without interfering with the movement of the minutes hand or the running of the watch.

The Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica is a very fine addition to the “Historic Radiomir 1940” line and should appeal to all the watch enthusiasts in search of a model with a true story to tell and faithful to traditional Fine Watchmaking.

For more information please visit the Officine Panerai web site.

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